Yesterday I walked over to Safeway to do some grocery shopping. It was a nice sunny day and things were warming up after many weeks of -20 temperatures. It was at the point where things weren’t quite melting to water but some shaded spots were developing a nasty layer of ice. One of these spots was right in front of the Safeway doors. As I approached there were two men scraping away the ice and clearing the entrance and sidewalks around the building. I said hello to the younger of the two men and thanked him for doing such a good job. I found myself in a conversation with this young man (as I often do… I don’t know how that happens) and discovered that the older of the two gentlemen was not hired to clear away the walk way he just decided it was too dangerous especially for the elderly folks who frequent the store. The younger of the two men, when he found out what the older gent was doing, went home and got a shovel and decided to lend a hand. Another patron who came by 5 minutes before me found out what they were doing and treated the 2 men to a coffee from the Starbucks inside. They ended up with some doughnuts to go with the coffee as well. I spoke with the older gent, John, and asked him why he did this. He said he just didn’t want to see anyone get hurt on the ice and didn’t see why he couldn’t do something about it. John works 10 day shifts on the pipelines and returns home for 4 or 5 days depending on the workload. He told me that when he’s at home he gets bored and in winter likes to walk through the neighbourhood and clear off dangerous spots like this so that all of his neighbours are safe from a nasty slip and fall.
- Submitted by Chris on February 18, 2014